Pistons pour it on this time, rout Nuggets 129-103
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Andre Drummond scored 14 of his season-high 27 points in the third quarter and the Detroit Pistons snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak, beating the Nuggets 129-103 on Monday night.
Detroit blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but the Pistons poured it on this time. Blake Griffin added 17 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson scored 14.
Trey Lyles had 20 points for the Nuggets, who dropped out of a tie with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.
Denver was without forward Paul Millsap, sidelined by right ankle soreness, and the Nuggets were also missing Gary Harris (right adductor strain) and Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain). Denver looked sharp early, scoring 36 points in the first quarter, but the Nuggets managed only 19 in the second and trailed 68-55 at halftime.
Detroit’s collapse against the Clippers began toward the end of the third quarter, but that didn’t happen this time. The Pistons were up 97-83 after three. Stanley Johnson then opened the fourth with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, and Luke Kennard added a 3 of his own to push the lead to 23.
Detroit’s bench was outscored 80-17 in the loss to the Clippers, but the Pistons turned that around in a big way against the short-handed Nuggets. Detroit’s reserves finished with a 60-28 edge. Johnson scored 21 points, and Langston Galloway added 18 for the Pistons. Kennard finished with 14.
Nuggets: All five Denver starters scored in double figures, led by Monte Morris with 18 points.
Pistons: Drummond’s previous season high was 26 points, and on Monday he had 27 through three quarters.
Nuggets: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Pistons: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
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